Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Suing Over Speech

Inside Higher Ed
July 2nd, 2014

WASHINGTON – The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education filed four lawsuits Tuesday, alleging that three state universities and one community college maintain unconstitutional speech codes and have restricted the free speech of students and faculty members.
The lawsuits – filed against Chicago State University, Citrus College, Iowa State University and Ohio University – are the start of a larger campaign that FIRE is calling the Stand Up For Speech Litigation Project. For every lawsuit FIRE wins, whether through a ruling or a settlement, the organization will sue another college.
FIRE had previously, and with less fanfare, brought lawsuits against Modesto Junior College and the University of Hawaii at Hilo for blocking students from passing out copies of the Constitution. Those lawsuits were a "dry run" for the project, said Greg Lukianoff, FIRE's president.

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